NFL standings, Week 17: Who needs to win?


We look at the Week 17 NFL standings.

The National Football League is about to send 20 teams home for the winter. After the coming Sunday slate of games in Week 17, only 12 teams will still have hope of raising up the Lombardi Trophy.

Of course, we already know the six teams that will be fighting for a spot in the Super Bowl in the NFC. The spots have all been clinched, with the only question being seeding. Meanwhile, the AFC technically has tow spots open, although the Indianapolis Colts would need nine scenarios to all go right to best the Houston Texans in the AFC South.

The main race to watch on Sunday will be taking place in the AFC wild card. The Pittsburgh Steelers are sitting on the outside of the playoff picture and need a win against the Cleveland Browns. To get in, though, the New York Jets would also have to lose to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium against former head coach, Rex Ryan.

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Pittsburgh has one of the most explosive offenses in recent memory, but could be watching the playoffs from the couch. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick is one touchdown pass away from setting a new franchise record for touchdown throws in a season, breaking a tie at 29 with Vinny Testaverde.

Also, keep an eye on the Sunday night matchup at Lambeau Field between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. The winner takes the NFC North, while the loser is in as a wild card but goes on the road.